Rational: Diagraphs is a group of letters that represent only one
sound. In this lesson, the students will learn the correspondence
th = /th/ and will learn how
to use th in their own writings.
Materials: the poem, "This and That: Sound of /th/" lined chart paper, lined
paper for each child, a couple of markers, and a worksheet containing
the words; with, path, thing, cloth, think and thank.
Procedures: 1. I will begin by introducing the
lesson. "We have a special correspondence today. It is two
letters that make only one sound. These letters are good friends
and they work together to make the sound /th/.
2. I will quickly review our short vowel sounds from previous lessons
as they will appear in some of our examples we will use to review the
th correspondence. I will give the children some examples of
words containing the short a
vowel, short e, short o , short i and short u. "What vowel sound do you
hear in the word, last? What vowel do you hear in slim?
What about pet, pot and bug? Now I can introduce a new
3. Tell the children, the correspondence th is special because it
works as a team. The T
and the H work together and
they make the sound /th/.
If you use this sound in front of every word it sounds like you are
baby talking. Lets try this together. Babies suck their
thumbs, so every time you hear the /th/
sound I want you to pretend to suck your thumb like a
4. I will then give the children this tongue twister; This baby
thinks that things are thought on Thursdays. After the children
have identified the th sounds
in this tongue twister I will go on and ask the children to help me
stretch out the th sounds in the twister.
5. Allow the children to practice listening for the /th/ sound. Some example
words will be given and the children will be asked to decide which word
contains the /th/
sound. Model the first example. "Let me see, do I hear the /th/ in this or what? I'm
going to stretch out the words so I can listen carefully. ttthhhiiisss, wwwhhhaaattt. I hear /th/ in this." Now begin
asking the children to stretch out the examples to decide which words
contain /th/. "Do you
hear th in; first or then, things or take, Tuesday or Thursday,
thoughts or dream, nice or that, think or head.
6. We will read a poem, "This and That: Sound of /th/", at the end of each sentence
I will give the children a chance to name any words that contained the
sound /th/. We will
create a list and count to see which word is named the most in our
7. The children will be given an oral test to assess their
understanding of the correspondence th=/th/.
I will give each child a list of words and that children will be asked
which from two contain the sound /th/.
Reference: Ballad, Peg “This and That: The sound of /th/”
Hart, Mariah. That Thump.